Here are a few questions to see if a career in data analysis is right for you.
1. Do you rely on getting a lucky outcome? Or would you prefer to calculate how to get the highest odds of winning!
You might do this while playing card games or board games and think that this doesn’t apply outside of games; but a data-minded person bases their decisions mostly on facts and calculates the most rational outcome.
If you are generally capable of understanding when analyzing the rational side of everything – and not just the emotional – is the best course of action then this is a major quality seen in good data scientists.
2. Do you enjoy stats and math?
Working with numbers, calculating relationships between data sets and rationalising real life data are all daily occurrences. So if you enjoy mathematics and statistics then you could be a perfect fit.
If you go straight to the Sudoku or crossword sections in the daily paper and enjoy solving them, then this is a good sign that you have a right mindset. Data analysts sometimes spend hours studying mathematical concepts in order to accurately model the data in an effective manner.
3. You understand the benefits of practical business.
Analysis is just the start of the work. Once you have understood the number and stats, you need to show others why they are important. The story that the data shows, the predictions it makes and most importantly in the business world, how you use that data to make more money or grow a business.
Sometimes this requires Data scientists to get a little creative and make the reports easy for others to understand. A great Lead data analyst will make the data easy to understand and make it obvious why the data matter.
Do you prefer being practical and business-minded? Then you are on the right track.
4. You have fun while coding
Knowing how to code is a data scientist’s best friend. Being able to write scripts, automations and programs will allow you to analyse incredibly large sets of data from the comfort of your own chair.
You sit in front of your computer for hours, and type. For some people this is relaxing; for others this is boring.
If you can imagine yourself coding for hours and you can also imagine that you would actually love to do that, that’s another check mark on your list.
5. You enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams
The way most efficient companies are run is with one larger central data scientist team. Each member then liaises with a different part of the company.
This can mean that most of your time will be spent outside of the data team. And most of these people have a very different mindset that data scientist’s. If you can make friends of all sorts of type of people and communicate effectively then you will be on the right track.
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